Zenit Zenitar 16mm F2.8 MC Fisheye A-mount lens review by smoljan

reviewer#8597 date: Jan-30-2011
sharpness: 4.5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Peleng 8mm f/3.5
price paid:200 USD (new)
positive:sharp
contrast
colour
inexpensive
negative:No preset aperture
comment:I am very happy with my copy of this lens. Somewhat soft wide open, really sharp already at f/4 (looking at 100% crop). Nice colour and contrast. Beautiful fisheye distortion on 35mm film, mild curves on a cropped sensor. Preset aperture would be nice to have, just like on Peleng. My copy didn't need any modifications or adjustments, it was properly focusing at infinity right out of the box and focusing ring was not bumping into the hood. Purchased from Ukraine - DVDTechnik (h_o_h_o_l). Minolta mount version, not M42 + adapter.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 21
  • sharpness: 4.12
  • color: 4.29
  • build: 4.14
  • distortion: 4.29
  • flare control: 3.76
  • overall: 4.12
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